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ATSIMA 2020 Online Conference Series ‘Nhewaŋana’ ‘Nhe djämamirriyaŋana’

‘You Speak It’ ‘You Create It’

We are excited to invite you to participate in our inaugural online conference series, this online conference series will not replace the postponed ATSIMA 2020 conference, instead, it offers a special opportunity for speakers and participants to share their journey so far towards the conference experience planned for 2021.

Our first session, which will be a Zoom webinar, will be held on Tuesday, 22 September. The session will open at 3:30 pm (AEST) for a half-hour social session, and the presentations will begin at 4 pm. In this session, we will be hearing from Deb Carmichael, who will give us five ways to include checkpoint in our lesson plans in her presentation 'Small Shifts, Big Gains', and Gabrielle Quakawoot, who will explore ancient geometry in 'The Art of String Theory' see bio's and abstracts here. There will be a short interactive Q&A session following the presentations, and you are encouraged to share early questions during the registration process, as well as through the chat facility during the webinar itself. (We will be announcing the details of Sessions 2 and 3 shortly, but as a reminder keep the afternoons of 27 October and 17 November free in your diaries.)

Best of all, we have been able to make this first series free for participants! We will also be recording the session, so please register your interest even if you're not sure if you can attend the live session, so we can follow up with you afterward.

Please forward the details of the webinar to colleagues who may be interested.

Zoom Webinar Details:

When: Sep 22, 2020, 03:30 PM AEST (Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney)

Topic: ATSIMA Online Conference - Session 1

Please register via the link below:

https://unimelb.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_h0_a3UYUTXidS6Bmv6dqNQ

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Future  ATSIMA Conferences 

Due to the global pandemic caused by COVID-19, the ATSIMA 2020 conference was postponed. ATSIMA sincerely apologises to everyone for the consequences of this unfortunate development. If you would like to be kept in the loop with further updates, email melindapearson@atsima.org. 

ATSIMA’s previous conferences established the need to have a Revolution in mathematics education to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners. The theme for the proposed ATSIMA 2021: Nhe Waŋana Nhe Djämamirriyaŋana: Speak It, You Create It, continues this idea of a revolution in education.

Nhe Waŋana (Speak It) refers to the importance of valuing all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages in education. It refers to a need for a bilingual education where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners have the opportunity to learn in their language throughout their educational journey.

All languages encapsulate important concepts about the world. Nhe Djämamirriyaŋana (You Create It) is about understanding these important concepts, their relationship to mathematics and how we can create a better education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners that values their culture. This in turn, will create a better understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, its sophistication, its complexity and its connection to mathematics for non-Indigenous students across Australia.

The conference will be shaped by the philosophies that have underpinned the development of Garma Mathematics at Yirrkala Community School and, through this structure, we will explore what it means to understand mathematics from Yolŋu perspectives, other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, and Western perspectives. From moving through these different cultural landscapes, we build stronger connections and work together to reshape mathematics for all students.

Further information about the rescheduling of the conference will be provided when possible.

Plans for a 2022 conference are underway for Tasmania.

Contact Melinda Pearson if you have any questions.